1- I really liked this post from The Frugal Girl yesterday: Being easily pleased is a superpower.
It is a superpower, yet it is not always easily accessible. However, I 100% agree it is a power worth cultivating.
2- I also enjoyed (and needed) this episode of the Productive Woman: Serenity in Stressful Times
3- I revamped my 2022 book list to remove pressure. This might seem silly, but it made me feel better. I haven’t been reading as much this year, and instead of being annoyed about that . . . I can just accept that perhaps 2022 will be a lighter reading year. Or maybe it won’t, but either way is okay. No one is grading me on my reading habits!
So instead of a relatively fixed list for the year (which served me in 2020-2021!), I have 3 sections: Read, Currently Reading, and Future Ideas. This will also help me migrate titles that I still want to read to future years, while having plenty of fodder for future library holds lists.
Also, I’m back to reading on paper after a brief flirtation with the kindle. For whatever reason, I just really really prefer physical books, even if I have to use a book light at night. Swiping just is not the same as page turning for me!
4- Bedtime. Amy asked (in a genuine way) in the comments: Why is bedtime so hard? Honestly to some extent I think it is because by that in the day, everyone is tired — including me. I am often doing the routine solo or worse, from my vantage point – it gets interrupted mid-routine by Josh arriving home.
I was getting into a bad pattern of letting the kids watch TV and then being too tired/lazy to stop them to begin the bedtime process (or maybe hoping Josh would come home and take over). Then, at 8 or 8:15 I would begin dragging them upstairs and no one was in the mood to do anything like brush teeth or walk upstairs and the whole thing was like pulling teeth.
Last night I started promptly at 7:30 and the process was over by 8:10. Annabel actually put herself to bed early to wake early and finish homework (!), and the other 2 were reasonable and not too terribly hyper (and yes, I am sure ADHD plays a role in what often makes the routine stressful). We read 2 books and lights were off by 8; I stayed in then room until 8:10 (deal made with one kid) and everyone did fine. Josh was not home and I am really thinking this is a task better ‘vertically managed’ in its entirety by one parent (though certainly that parent could vary by night).
PS: Yes, our screen free month includes no TV. I am not planning for this to be permanent but we just need a reset. I am not that excited for this weekend, but we will survive and it will be interesting if nothing else.
5- MakseLife. The planner I ordered (for review . . . and to play with . . .) arrived and I am IMPRESSED, I have to say. The paper, the layout, the details – nice job, MakseLife (note: I am not an affiliate, just ordered it on my own to try). Tomorrow at 1 pm EST they are having an “imperfect” sale with a 40% discount if you are interested in trying their products. The price points are generally fairly high and I don’t see many sales, so this is a nice opportunity to give them a try if you are interested!